Mount Si girls, boys split hardwood twinbill, plus more hardwood news, and some from the ice, the diamond, the water and track and field on this Sunday……

Good Sunday morning. Mount Si High School’s basketball teams played again last night off their wins last Friday over Eastlake and it was a split result.

The Wildcat girls came out a bit flat last night off their signature win of the season over the Kingco 4A’s top dog Wolves and fell 59-30 to Inglemoor. The Vikings defense held Mount Si to just 18% shooting from the floor. Joelle Buck led the Wildcats with nine points as Mount Si dropped to 10-6 on the season, 5-4 in Kingco 4A play.

Mount Si’s boys then hit the floor with Inglemoor’s boys in what looked to be a Kingco 4A title preview, with the Vikings being the leaders in the Crown Division and only having lost one game all season. Well, thanks to a big night from Jabe Mullins, the Wildcats appear to have made themselves the favorites now to win it all thanks to a huge win.

Mullins had a double-double, with 29 points and 11 rebounds, also adding five assists, as Mount Si handled their business with the black and gold 68-51. Brett Williams had 14 and Bennett O’Connor added 12 with six assists. O’Connor seems to be getting into form finally after having some struggles earlier in the season, so now that the freshman appears to be on his ‘A’ game, that will be an added bonus for the Wildcats as the stretch run winds down.

Both teams host Senior Nights this coming week. Boys are on Tuesday and girls are on Wednesday, both against Newport. Williams (boys), Jenae Usselman and Abby Triou (girls) are among the players expected to be recognized in pregame ceremonies prior to their respective team’s games for their four years in the Mount Si programs. The games both nights tip at 7:15 p.m. with the ceremonies happening around 10 minutes prior to tip at Mount Si High School.

College Hoops
CHS alum shines in front of family, friends: Cedarcrest High School alum Mieke Van Ess played for the final time as a Skagit Valley College women’s hoopster in front of family and friends last night in Bellevue as the Cardinals took on Bellevue College and the sophomore put on a show for everyone, helping Skagit pick up a win.

Van Ess scored 11 points to pace the Cardinals’ 54-46 win. She was 3-8 from the floor but almost perfect from the foul line – five of six – as Skagit opened strong and closed with a flourish after Bellevue creeped back into the game in the second and third quarters.

The win moved Skagit into a first-place tie in the NWAACC’s North Division at 2-0 in league, and 9-7 overall. They play Peninsula on Wednesday.

Prewitt paces Puget Sound ladies once more: Senior Elizabeth Prewitt, from Snoqualmie, pitched in 14 points to help the University of Puget Sound’s ladies hoopsters pound out a 78-61 home win over struggling Lewis & Clark, from Portland, in a Northwest Conference (NCAA Division III) clash in Tacoma last night.

Prewitt, a 2015 Mount Si HS grad, was 6-10 from the floor including a pair of three-pointers, and she also collected three rebounds for UPS, who moved to 11-3 on the season, 4-2 in the conference.

Puget Sound heads east this coming weekend to do the eastern Washington swing. They’ll be in Spokane Friday night to meet Whitworth, then this coming Saturday, they’ll head down to Walla Walla to meet Whitman. The Friday game is being webstreamed on NWC Digital and that starts at 6:00 p.m. NWC Digital is at right in our news links.

Other news today:

Track and Field
Local athletes make college track debuts on home turf: The University of Washington’s season-opening indoor meet yesterday in Seattle saw a pair of local college athletes make their debuts in track and field. They were part of a small group of Valley athletes that competed in the meet.

Western Washington University freshman Sophie Paradis, from Duvall and a graduate from Cedarcrest HS last June, took a tie for fifth in her flight of the women’s pole vault. She cleared 10 feet, 10 inches in her inaugural college outing. Concordia-Portland’s Karlie Hurley, from North Bend and a 2015 MSHS grad, has shifted from soccer to track in her senior year of college and yesterday finished fourth in her heat race in the women’s 400m, clocking 1:02.78 which put her in the middle of the pack overall. Hurley, while a senior academically, will have two years of eligibility with the track program at Concordia.

Meanwhile, a pair of Mount Si grads competed in the women’s 3000m and both did well. UW sophomore Hannah Waskom was second (9:54.50) while WSU junior Melissa Hruska took fourth (10:17.10) in their respective heats of that race. Waskom, from Snoqualmie and a 2017 MSHS grad, competed in the second heat while Hruska, also from Snoqualmie but who graduated from Mount Si in 2016, competed in the third heat. Rounding it out, on the men’s side, University of Portland senior Logan Orndorf kicked off the indoor season with a fifth-place finish in his heat of the men’s mile. Orndorf, a 2014 Cedarcrest HS grad from Duvall, clocked 3:59.94.

Larson opens season strong: St. Martin’s University senior Liz Larson kicked off the 2019 track and field season in style yesterday, with a solid finish in her season-opening meet.

Larson, from Snoqualmie and a 2015 MSHS’er, took sixth in the women’s weight throw event for the Saints at the meet hosted by the University of Idaho at the Moscow, ID, campus’s Kibbie Dome. She tossed the weight 48 feet, nine inches.

Cosgrove makes college track debut: University of Montana freshman women’s distance runner Chloe Cosgrove, from North Bend and a graduate last June from MSHS, made her college track and field debut yesterday competing in the women’s 3000m at the Montana State University indoor season-opening meet in Bozeman, MT. Cosgrove finished 10th in that race, clocking 11:52.38.

CHS men’s alum makes college track debut: US Naval Academy freshman Grant Van Valkenburg, from Duvall, also made a college track debut, but it was last weekend at their dual meet with Princeton in New Jersey.

Van Valkenburg, a 2018 CHS’er, took third in the men’s 3000m, clocking 8:37.42. The Midshipmen are doing another meet today and we’ll be sure to let you know what happens.

Snoqualmie’s Gross delivers for Totems to help them sweep weekend set: Snoqualmie’s Cam Gross was on the ice the past two nights down in southern Oregon, as his Seattle Totems junior hockey squad took on the Southern Oregon Spartans down in Medford.

Gross was a big factor in the opening game of the two-game set this past Friday, scoring a goal and assisting on what turned out to be the two deciding goals in the second period for Seattle in a 7-3 win. The 2017 Mount Si HS grad was on the ice last night as well, but had no stats of note as the Totems took the game 6-5.

The wins moved Seattle to 17-9-1-2 and 55 points in the Western States Hockey League’s Northwest Division, which has them very comfortably in second place in the division. They are home this coming Thursday-Saturday, taking on division cellar-dweller West Sound from Bremerton Thursday and Saturday, and division top-dog Bellingham Friday. All three games are at Olympic View Ice Arena in Mountlake Terrace.

Another tough outing for Valley pitcher Boyce down under: It has been a struggle this season for Mount Si HS grad Jimmy Boyce on the mound in his first pro season with the Australian Baseball League’s Auckland Tuatara.

Boyce, who graduated in 2017, is winless on the season with the Tuatara, and that unfortunately continued today as Auckland (New Zealand) fell to Sydney (Australia) to close out a weekend set.

The Blue Sox took it 9-6 at home in Australia, with Boyce allowing four runs on seven hits in five good innings, walking two and striking out two. The ex-Wildcat drops to 0-6 on the season with a not-so-good 6.64 earned run average. Fellow MSHS alum Max Brown was 1-5 today for Auckland, who drops to 11-25 on the season.

Auckland next plays on Friday when they have two with Melbourne. They’ll have two again with Melbourne on Saturday.

Mount Si alum Crumb wins for first time as collegian: It was a stellar day in the water yesterday for Snoqualmie’s Julia Crumb. The Pacific University-OR women’s swimmer, a freshman with the Boxers and 2018 Mount Si HS grad, was part of her first winning effort as a collegian.

Crumb was part of the Boxers’ 400 yard freestyle relay team that won that race, clocking 4:09.25 in the head-to-head meet with archrival Linfield College at home on Pacific’s campus in Forest Grove, OR. Crumb also took second in a pair of individual events: the butterfly (2:31.49) and breaststroke (2:47.44), and her Pacific 400 yard individual medley relay team took third in their race with a time of 4:24.54.

Linfield won the meet 124-74. Pacific is in action again next weekend at Willamette, down in Salem, OR.

Rhett Workman

About Rhett Workman

Rhett Workman is the editor of the Snoqualmie Valley Sports Journal. Workman is a veteran sports journalist, having covered Snoqualmie Valley sports for nearly a decade with the Snoqualmie Valley Record newspaper before starting up the SVSJ. Workman's coverage has earned the support and respect of Valley coaches, players, parents and fans, and the SVSJ continues the standard of coverage that Workman brought to the Valley Record.
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